They are typically preferred by
Recipes usually include ingredients like:
crushed ice and frozen fruit
Other ingredients they might or might not have:
- frozen yogurt
- soy milk
- Whey powder
- green tea
- herbal supplements
- nutritional supplements
They usually don’t involve adding ice cream.
They sometimes can contain just 100% fruit.
Most are high in vitamins and antioxidants.
Green smoothies cater to vegans with ingredients
like spinach, kale and lettuce.
Some history about smoothies:
- Health food stores began selling pureed fruit drinks in the 1930’s.
- The Waring “Blendor” cookbooks introduced recipes
for a “banana smoothie” and a “pineapple smoothie” in the 1940’s.
- California ice cream vendors and health food stores
broadened their market base with smoothies in the 1960’s.
- Sports and fitness boom of the 1980’s pulled smoothies
out of the niche market and put them right out front.
- Mainstream cafés and coffee shops
popularized the trend in the 1990’s.
- At this point, the juice and smoothie industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.”
By comparison, bottled juices such as Odwalla and Naked Juice
are readily available to the consumer right on the
supermarket shelf, and as such they are convenient to
pack in a lunch, but they
- have a short shelf life
- must be refrigerated
- and are juices more than smoothies.
Juice City is one restaurant that takes fruit and vegetables futher than just juice. Serious about health benefits and choices, they offer a menu featuring not only Juices and Smoothies, but Wraps, Paninis, Salads, Smoothies and Squeezed Juices ~ a meal plan that is Fresh and Convenient ~ and even a Boot Camp!